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Role of prostaglandin E2 receptor subtypes in ovarian follicle growth in the rat in vivo. Correlation with interleukin-8 and neutrophils.

Authors: El-Nefiawy, N  Abdel-Hakim, K  Kanayama, N  Terao, T 
Citation: El-Nefiawy N, etal., Histol Histopathol. 2005 Jul;20(3):825-31.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:15944932

This study was conducted to elucidate the role of three of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) receptor subtype (EP2, EP3, and EP4) agonists in the process of follicular growth. The influence of these agonists on ovarian expression of intimately related factors to follicle development (neutrophils and interleukin-8 (IL-8)) was also investigated. Immature female Wistar rats were injected once with these agonists and killed 48 hours later. Another group of rats were injected pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin. For evaluation of follicle growth, morphometric assessment of antral and ovulatory follicles was performed in serial ovarian sections. The study demonstrated that, EP2 and EP4 agonists showed the maximum follicle counts and diameters versus the control. EP2 and EP4 agonists mimicked PMSG induced follicle growth. Injection of the three agonists induced neutrophil infiltration into theca layer. EP4 agonist showed the most intense ovarian neutrophil accumulation. In addition, dense ovarian IL-8 expression was observed only after EP4 agonist injection. CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggests that: 1) EP2 and EP4 receptors are the key PGE2 receptors engaged in follicle growth. 2) Ovarian IL-8 expression and neutrophil infiltration are chiefly mediated via the EP4 receptor. EP2 and EP4 receptor agonists may be candidates for promising reagents that induce follicle maturation in clinical or agricultural fields. This knowledge could provide numerous targets for manipulation of fertility.


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Created: 2015-05-01
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